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May 20 Communication To BUF

The University has invoked force majeure under the provisions of Article 15, Section 12.  They claim it allows the University to lay off faculty immediately and without regard to tenure status, rank, or the other criteria in the retrenchment article of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).  They have also claimed exigent circumstances under Article 33, Section 3, which allows them to seek changes to the CBA which both sides must negotiate in good faith.  The changes they seek include pay reductions, increased contribution to health care premiums, the elimination of health care benefits for dependents of retirees, and furloughs.

If the two sides are unable to come to an agreement on one or more of these issues, the differences will be resolved through arbitration, but we will attempt to resolve our differences through negotiation.
We know that this is difficult news for everyone to hear. Please remember that this is exactly why we have a union. With your support, we will succeed in protecting our academic mission. We are stronger together.

In Solidarity,

The Communications Committee of Akron-AAUP

April 28, 2020, Communication to BUF

Dear Colleagues,

After the announcement by President Gary Miller last week, we know many of you are experiencing some level of anxiety and uncertainty. In these very early stages of understanding what the current crisis will mean for us, our students, our programs, and the university, we don’t yet know what lies ahead. But as your Akron-AAUP representatives, we want to share what we are doing, and what our priorities are as we begin to negotiate on possible changes requested by the administration.

We have formed a Crisis Negotiating Team to represent the faculty as we work with the administration to address the current crisis and to set the university on a solid path going forward. Our team is:

Chief Negotiator Katie Stoynoff, Professor of Instruction, English

Kate Budd, Associate Professor, Art

Bill Rich, Emeritus Professor, Law

Pam Schulze, Professor, Child and Family Development

As always, our attorneys are Sandy McNair and Jessica Monroe of Schwartzwald McNair & Fusco LLP.

In these negotiations, our priorities are:

  • to fulfill and strengthen the academic mission of the university for the benefit of our students and their learning environment,
  • to ensure that we are on a sustainable path, such that our main source of revenue, instruction, is the last to experience reductions, and 
  • to ensure that the Collective Bargaining Agreement is followed.

We will continue to keep you informed as we learn more. Please be alert for these messages, as we will want your feedback and input. And we will do our absolute best to make sure we all get through this together.

In Solidarity,


February 4, 2020  Communication to members

 As you probably know, our current contract expires on 12/31/2020.  The University of Akron administration recently approached the Chapter to propose the negotiation of a two-year contract this semester. This would not entail a full contract negotiation, and the bulk of the contract would remain the same.
Negotiations will include salary increases, with no change in employee contributions to health insurance or other benefits. A limited set of other contract items identified by chapter members as priorities in the recent survey will also be negotiated, including maternity/paternity leave and the appointment of interim/acting academic administrators.
We have agreed to enter into these negotiations, and our Chief Negotiator, Katie Stoynoff, has formed our Negotiating Team (see below) and three subcommittees to focus on specifics. Initial discussions have been cordial and productive. We are on a very tight timeline, as the goal is to develop a tentative agreement before the end of March, giving time for both sides to vote on the contract in April.
We have already held two listening sessions with members and will schedule more as negotiations proceed.  


December, 2019 Communication 

We would like to introduce the members of our Negotiations Team. These faculty are performing an invaluable service to the bargaining unit faculty of The University of Akron. If you see them around campus, please thank them for their time and efforts.

Chief Negotiator: Katie Stoynoff – katie.stoynoff@akronaaup.org

Negotiations Consultant: Bill Rich –  rich@akronaaup.org

Negotiations Team Members:

Lynne Pachnowski –  lynn.pachnowski@akronaaup.org

David Prochazka –  david.prochazka@akronaaup.org

Pam Schulze –  pam.schulze@akronaaup.org 

Also on the Negotiating Team, Akron-AAUP’s Legal Counsel, the inestimable Eben “Sandy” O. McNair, Esq. and Jessica Monroe, Esq. of Schwarzwald, McNair and Fusco LLP.

Subcommittee Members

Family Leave:
RTP – Provost Review:
NTT Article:
Lynne Pachnowski Bill Rich David Prochazka
Amanda Weinstein Mark Rittenour Lisa Rhoades
Jim Wallace Russ Davis Sean Kennedy